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Thinking of Others: Making Birthdays Special

Thinking of Others, making birthdays special.

Thinking of others is not something that comes natural to us.  We tend to be pretty self-focused.  This is proven true by examining little ones.  They have to learn empathy.  They have to learn to relate to others with kindness and self-lessness.  And they have to be taught to be caring.

I can think of almost no other place where this self-focus can be seen in kids than when it comes time to give a gift.

You know the drill:

You walk into Target and you lay out the game plan for your shopping trip: purchase a gift for Johnnny’s birthday.

Immediately upon entering the toy aisle, your little one starts shopping.  But not for Johnny.

Suddenly she finds toys she NEEDS!  RIGHT NOW!

She forgets the purpose of the shopping trip.  So she needs a little refocus.

Once you get her all refocused on the purpose of the trip to Target, she starts to have her own ideas for what Johnny might want.  And what Johnny might want looks eerily like what she might want.  I assure you, sweet girl, that Johnny does not want a pretty princess dress for his birthday.   Continue Reading

Growing Up

Simple Toddler Birthday Shirt

Our youngest daughter just celebrated her second birthday a couple of weeks ago!  I can’t believe how she has grown from such a tiny thing to an active toddler!  And what a blessing she is to our family; she is so sweet!

As we were getting ready to celebrate her birthday, I was in the midst of one of the busiest seasons of my year.  I was teaching Bible study, making costumes for our annual visit to Mickey’s Halloween Party, working on a major contributor post for another blog, and keeping this family close to on-track.  And we found out that another one of our friends was having a birthday party for her son on W’s actual birthday.  Instead of thinking of that as a headache, I thought it was a blessing, because I just didn’t have the time to plan a full-blown party. Continue Reading

Nest Building

Maple Angel Food Cake w/ Maple Icing

My mother-in-law loves anything and everything maple. Her favorite line from Elf is, “Is there sugar in syrup?” “Then, YES!”

We just had a birthday dinner over at our house for her and so I thought I would make her a maple dessert.  I made a maple angel food cake a number of years ago for her that she loved.  I thought it was good, but I thought it could have been better.  So, I did a little research on icing and frosting with maple flavoring and set out to bake the perfect angel food cake.

Along the way, my husband and I made a run to World Market and picked up some maple flavored snacks.  We discovered that the latest trend in maple flavored goodies is to add bacon (of course!).

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Growing Up, Nest Building

Task #11: A Birthday Present

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series Tackling Tasks

Happy Birthday to our sweet young ONE year old Autumn Wren Hudson!  She brings joy and laughter to our home each day!  And she is very loved by each person in our family!

Her older sister has been insisting on praying for “Wrennie’s birthday” everyday for the past three weeks.  She is so excited about it!  So, I wanted to include her in the preparations for Wren’s big day.  We have had lots of conversations about cakes and parties.  And I wanted our oldest to be able to give something special to her sister for her big day. Continue Reading

Growing Up

A Birthday Band

For those of you who read this blog regularly, you may have noticed our G’s love for headbands.  She is kind of obsessed with them.  I do not put them on her.  She puts them on herself.  But I do think it is adorable.

The night before her second birthday I was thinking about her and what she loves when I suddenly had a lightbulb moment.  I came up with a way for her to celebrate her birthday and make a headband to wear.

The morning of her birthday, I got up and put together the supplies for the project and waited for her to wake up to do it (of course, she slept in!).  Here is what we did: Continue Reading

Growing Up

Sunshine Stickies


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A lot of our summer activities must be done indoors due to the massive heat of the desert!  It makes for odd summer and winter activities.  We get to go to the park in January and have to stay indoors for July.  Here is a simple activity that can be done indoors on a really hot summer day or even a rainy day.

I found some window clings at the store on clearance a while back and saved them for G’s birthday week (you can also find them at the dollar store in lots of different themes).  I put them up this morning while she was finishing her breakfast and she could not wait to play with them. Continue Reading